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QBasic Site Scare
(5/11/2000) Indigo Fox's ultimatum put
major QB affiliate Pete's Qbasic Site down on its knees.
It was quite the scare, but you can't knock a good man down.
For most QB game developers, updating a
site is a lot like an insane ritual that gets in the way of developing
QB games. It can also get in the way of your social life if the QB site
is big enough, requires a significant amount of maintenance, and takes
up a considerable amount of hard drive space. Yet the following is all
true of Pete's QBasic Site, which has tried to update on a daily basis
ever since it was released in 1998. And that meant a lot more maintenance
than most QB webmasters could stand.
Eventually Pete cracked. In May 2, 2000,
after Pete had stopped updating for five days straight without explanation,
Indigo Fox (Pete's Internet buddy) released posted the following update
in Pete's QBasic Site's front page:
"Ok, this is Indigo Fox. I'm updating
because Pete has not done so in a while. I have known him for nearing two
years, and would like to say that I think I know him at least a little
bit. I know how he feels about this site. He is going to totally chew me
out for telling you all this... Pete hates updating his site. He often
spends several hours working on reviews and all night uploading files.
Spending so much time litterally deteriorates his social life, which is
virtually non-existant since he moved. I don't want Pete to go through
this anymore. I know him quite well (online, so not really that well) and
know how much he dislikes updating daily. I have absolutely no right to
do this, so blame me for what I'm going to do, not Pete. If Pete doesn't
tell me no within the next week, I'm going to unofficially close his site
down. I don't know whether or not I'm going to close everypart of the site,
or leave it open with notices about it no longer functioning."
This came across as a major shock to the
QB community, who has backed up Pete's QBasic site with over 14,000 hits
per year. Some days passed, and people were expressing their concern about
Pete's QBasic Site. James Robert Osborne, who helped maintain Pete's QBasic
Site when Pete's computer broke in March, was probably the most vocal,
stating that he immediately started working on four video game reviews
simultaneously when Indigo Fox posted the message.
The site scare continued until May 8, 2000.
At that point Pete, Indigo Fox, and JRO had a conversation. The following
compromise to the daily updating policy was reached:
"I [Indigo Fox] got the word from Pete.
If I heard and understood right (he is kind of abstract), then this is
what's going down: This site will no longer be updated except on an irregular
basis. The only thing that'll be happening to it is a member system where
the people contribute all of the material. If you don't contribute stuff,
you don't get an update. It's that simple.
"There will also be moderators for this
whole system to ensure it's, uh, quality. Pete will have total control
(if he takes it), I will have the same control (unless Pete says no)
and probably JRO will have some control
too. He would make a really good moderator."
Basically this outline, presented by Indigo
Fox after talking to Pete, announces that Pete's QBasic Site will still
be updating, but it be as often or as constant. Chances are Pete's Site
may update at most twice a week to as much as twice a month. In any case,
it's good news for both Pete and the QB community. The die-hard Pete fans
still have their place to go, Pete's QBasic Site will be alive and kicking
with more manpower, and Pete can finally pick up where his social life
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